Below is an introduction to Solo Trekker 4 U, the initiative of an intelligent lady determined to level the playing field to give solos the break that they deserve.
Read the following introduction from the founder Elizabeth Avery.
" From my days in middle school, I began to have a great and growing curiosity about distant lands. My appetite was further whetted by foreign language classes and exchange programs on two different continents. As a result, after graduation I tried, if possible, to see a different country every year. Although it was much later in my career that international travel coincided with business opportunities, my yearning for particularly remote destinations catapulted me off the beaten path from the Pacific Islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki to Montenegro on the Albanian border.
Subsequent business trips to southern Africa were easily combined with vacations in 5 countries. Later Latin America, Australia and Europe afforded me the opportunity to combine business with pleasure.
I have typically traveled alone and experienced the premium charged single travelers for business or leisure and more limited easy access to top quality. However, my defining moment as a solo traveler came about in China in 2009. I joined a 5 star river cruise and tour only to discover that pairs traveling together had access to a $2,500 rate for early booking for 2-for-the-price of-1. I had paid approximately $7,500 or “1-for-the-price- of-2 (or 3)”?
Worst yet, as a solo traveler even at the best resorts there could be challenges. One Christmas Eve as a guest in another 5 star hotel, I found that even having requested ahead, I was initially told there was no space for me in the dining room. The alternative? It was suggested that I have the $200/person Christmas Eve dinner in their bar. Similarly, at a great US ski resort as a guest in that hotel, they could not find a spot for me for Sat. night dinner in the main restaurant.
After traveling to 57 countries and all 50 US states, I concluded there had to be a better way for solos looking to explore the world. At first blush, the easy solution offered is generally to travel with a friend or family member. However, the reality in today’s world is that virtually everyone has competing job or family obligations. In addition, just because I am elated with my booking a “Cambodian Christmas” for 2014, my friends would rather explore certain places in Europe where I have been already.
Coming from the private equity investment banking sector, I spent a year researching the issue. In Dec. 2012, I launched www.SoloTrekker4U.com providing unlimited free access to our community website, to those traveling alone and seeking to connect with well-priced 4-5 star travel. From great airfare deals, camel treks in Morocco to Madagascar or art history sojourns in Europe, there is something for everyone.
What is often misunderstood is that solo travelers are actually a broader group than singles. Family members and married couples may pursue separate interests, hobbies or sports from African safaris to Milan Fashion Week without realizing that they, too, are solo travelers! In addition, entrepreneurs and small business employees generally also travel alone and pay approximately 24% more than corporate groups. In the most extreme cases, leisure tours can cost solos up to 100% more in single supplements.
Our goal is to build out our membership to create bargaining power for solos to level the playing field. Solos dust off your bucket list and get on the move! A whole world awaits you. Please join us today since the more solo travelers come together the stronger our collective purchasing power to get the best deals and more competitive prices! "
I think that this is a GREAT INITIATIVE and encourage each of you to visit the site and join in to temper the discrimination against solo travellers.
Better yet, tell all your friends, partnered or single, to join and spread the word. You will be doing some of them favour.
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